More than 11 million Americans continue to report being behind on their rent.
The amount owed by tenants varies widely from state and county to county, according to data provided to CNBC by Surgo Ventures, a health and data-driven nonprofit.
Across the country, the average renter household in arrears owes $ 3,700. The typical debt in Alabama is $ 2,700. In California, meanwhile, it’s closer to $ 5,300.
In some areas, tenants face even greater debt. In San Mateo County, Calif., The typical tenant who is late is $ 8,700 in the hole. Distressed tenants in Bergen County, New Jersey owe an average of $ 6,400. A study conducted earlier this year by New York University found that thousands of New York City tenants have debts over $ 10,000.
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It’s important to take into account the differences in needs across the country, said Aaron Dibner-Dunlap, senior researcher at Surgo Ventures.
“If you live in a county with a high cost of living, like many in California and New York, authorities need to make sure there is enough public money to cover the estimated debt,” he said. -he declares.
The share of late US tenants – around 16% – hasn’t changed much since March.
This is in large part because of the slowness with which states and cities have distributed the $ 46 billion in federal rent assistance allocated by Congress. By the end of June, only $ 3 billion had reached people.
Tenants have just a little more time to try to access government assistance and before they have to fear eviction.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new moratorium on evictions, after the previous one expired on July 31. Protection applies until October 3 and where Covid rates remain high. This currently covers about 80% of counties.